Many consumers wonder when the right time is to contact a California Lemon Law Attorney. The answer is actually quite simple – consumers should contact a California Lemon Law Attorney as soon as they have had repeat visits to the dealership for the same problem.
The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, commonly referred to as California’s Lemon Law, was enacted to protect consumers who have been victimized by the purchase or lease of defective vehicles. Under the California Lemon Law, a consumer is entitled to a repurchase or replacement of her vehicle if it had repeat defects that could not be repaired within a reasonable number of opportunities. In addition to receiving a refund for the defective vehicle, a prevailing consumer is entitled to recover her attorneys’ fees and costs. This means that the manufacturer – not the consumer – is responsible for paying for the consumer’s attorneys’ fees. In other words, consulting with and hiring a California Lemon Law attorney should come at no cost to the consumer. For this reason, it is never too early to contact a California Lemon Law attorney for guidance. Even if a consumer does not yet have enough repeat visits to establish a valid claim, a good California Lemon Law attorney can provide some guidance as to what steps the consumer should take in order to ensure that her rights are protected and that she is not being taken advantage of by the manufacturer and its authorized dealerships.
The important part to note is that any consultation with a California Lemon Law attorney should come at no cost to the consumer. Any law firm or attorney who seeks payment for a consultation should be avoided at all costs. The purpose of the California Lemon Law is to protect consumers and help ensure that their rights are protected. Consumers should contact a California Lemon Law attorney as soon as they suspect they may be driving a lemon.